We’ve started diluting Grace’s juice.
Personally, I hate that she drinks so much juice, period. I think fruit juice is a scant step above soda pop, empty calories with few vitamins and no fiber.
The bad habit began when Grace was had the swine flu and wouldn’t eat. We gave her as much juice as she would drink, just to keep her hydrated and give her some energy.
Grace likes to drink juice, so Joe keeps buying it.
I suggested to him this week that we begin cutting the apple juice with water. I asked him to mix it in a jug, 1 part water and 1 part juice. He agreed.
Grace got the first cup of diluted juice today.
We were sitting on the couch, reading a book, when she took a sip.
Mama, something wrong with my juice.
“What’s wrong with it?”
I think it’s iced tea. Smell it.
I held the (covered) cup up to my nose and sniffed loudly. “Smells like apple juice.”
Grace took another drink. No, no. Something wrong with it. Take a little sip. Taste a little sip.
I tasted the juice.
First of all, I didn’t realize that our lidded cups had such a tight seal. I thought I was going to hyperventilate before I actually got a little sip of the juice.
Secondly, I don’t like watered down juice. I think it’s terrible.
I took a sip anyway. It tasted like watered down apple juice.
“Tastes like apple juice.”
Hrmph. Something wrong with it. Grace held the cup up, peering down the straw with one eyeball.
Are you sure it’s not iced tea?
“I’m sure. It’s apple juice.”
Grace gave me another hard look, but she drank the juice.
I think that one of two things is going to happen:
- She’s going to figure out that we’re diluting her juice and demand for us to stop.
- She’s going to stop drinking juice.
I hope she gives up and asks for water. She likes water.
And plain water is a lot better than watery juice.
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